WINNER: PLATINUM FOR BEST CHILDREN'S KNITWEAR COLLECTION
WHAT: A high quality, vintage inspired brand who's ethical production values are intrinsic to its identity. Designed in Wales for ages 0 - 12 yrs
WHY: The love in the Junior judging room was off the charts for Mabli and as last year's clear winners of Best Fashion Newcomer we are thrilled that they have come back to receive the same ranking in Best Knitwear in 2018. Yet again we will leave it to our effusive judge's comments to sum up why this brand is pick of the knits. "Love the branding. Love the packaging. So sophisticated and delicate and minimal." Donna Wilson, award winning textiles designer. "Amazing quality, beautiful designs (and patterns!) and gorgeous colours. Love Mabli Knitwear." was what Gabrielle Spang, founder of Scandi Mini had to say.
"I am besotted with this brand. The handfeel and quality is incredible. The designs are classic. I would have another baby just to be able to buy this brand." Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, founder of The Mutha.Hood and finally, "Obsessed! Love everything about this collection from the design, colour palette to the quality and branding. Can't wait to buy lots of pieces for my baby daughter." said Holly Anna Scarsella, founder of Pampelone clothing
WINNER: GOLD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S KNITWEAR COLLECTION
WHAT: A British made, unisex knitwear brand for children aged 4-7 made from 100% natural fibres featuring jumpers with a traditional feel updated with pops of colour.
WHY: These cosy knits really appealed to our judges who loved the traditional motifs spliced with a hit of uplifting colour not to mention the fantastic quality. This was echoed by our judge Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, founder of our favourite empowering clothing emporium The Mutha.Hood, who commented: "Stunning quality. Perfect colour combinations and I love the added pops of detail and colour."
WHERE: The Faraway Gang
WINNER: SILVER FOR BEST CHILDREN'S KNITWEAR COLLECTION
WHAT: Unique, traditional baby wear, handmade from crocheted cotton with an emphasis on sustainability and heirloom products that can be passed through the family.
WHY: Everyone was cooing over the tiniest pair of hand knitted booties that Gooseberry Fool submitted as part of their entry to the JDA's and were equally smitten with the incredible craftsmanship that went into each beautifully stitched garment. The story behind the brand also touched our judges deeply - the business came about when the designer Rachel Campbell lost her much loved mum and took solace in crochet. Extra points may have been awarded for the inclusion of a quote from Anne of Green Gables on the Gooseberry Fool website.
Our judges commented: "Lovely colours and designs. The booties are the cutest!" Gabrielle Spang, founder of Scandi Mini. "Beautifully skilled, handcrafted garments and lovely for gifting." was what Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, founder of The Mutha.Hood said. "The brand story here is just lovely and would make me buy it alone! Very cute." came from Holly Anna Scarsella, creator of Pampelone.
WHERE: Gooseberry Fool
WINNER: BRONZE FOR BEST CHILDREN'S KNITWEAR COLLECTION
WHAT: A young British brand specialising in gorgeous knitted daywear for babies made from extra fine merino wool in a palette of soft colours that can be mixed and matched.
WHY: Our judges loved this company's dedication to creating heirloom pieces that pass the test of time. The quality of the pieces was commented on by many of our judges who were also impressed by the price point. Gabrielle Spang, founder of stunning on line store Scandi Mini commented, "Great pricing for merino." while fellow judge Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers founder of The Mutha.Hood said, "Beautifully crafted and I love details like the top zip cover on the cardigans."
WHERE: Scarlet Ribbon Merino